The New South Wales cricket community has lost two of its most devoted servants during recent months with the passing of Bill Lothian and Barry Templeman.
Mr. Lothian was a long-time servant of the Parramatta Cricket Club whose outstanding cricketing career extended 17 seasons from 1963/64 to 1979/80. He also represented New South Wales at Colts and 2nd XI levels.
Mr. Templeman dedicated his life to service of the South Coast community which included a steadfast commitment to sport in the region where he was made a Life Member of the Southern Zone of the South Coast District Cricket Association.
During his decorated career, Bill Lothian claimed 450 First Grade wickets at 20.14 and established himself as one of the best fast bowlers to play for Parramatta.
On First Grade debut in season 1965/66, he claimed 6-71 against Petersham and continued playing at the top level of Sydney Grade cricket until retirement in 1979/80.
He was the first fast bowler in the history of the Parramatta club to take more than 400 First Grade wickets.
Mr. Lothian captained the Parramatta First Grade side during the 1976/77 and 1977/78 seasons, as well as leading the club’s Poidevin Gray Shield team in 1965/66 and 1966/67.
The legendary Parramatta quick claimed five wickets in an innings on 28 occasions including two hauls of eight wickets. His best figures were 8/29 against Western Suburbs in 1969/70.
He claimed more than 40 wickets in a season five times with a career best of 56 wickets during the 1969/70 campaign where Mr. Lothian and the late Robert “Bobby” Aitken spearheaded Central Cumberland to the Minor Premiership.
The man affectionately known as “Billy” was also quite handy with bat in hand. He scored 2,086 runs at 15.92 with a highest score of 66.
Mr. Templeman thrived on his involvement within the South Coast sporting community. He was a patron and Chairman of the Southern Zone of the South Coast District Cricket Association and made a Life Member of that association in 2007.
Throughout a four-year period between 1996/97 and 1999/2000, Mr. Templeman served as Treasurer of the South Coast District Cricket Association and was delegate to Country Cricket for many of his later years.
He was also Secretary and Treasurer of the Shellharbour Workers’ Cricket Club during the 1980s.
Mr. Templeman was an avid cyclist and rugby league player in the early years of his life.
He was the Manager of the Australian Cycling team for the 1962 Empire (Commonwealth) Games, and President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Shellharbour Lions Club in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr. Lothian lost his battle with cancer in April age 72. Mr. Templeman passed away last week age 81.